The Inwood Station, part of the Green Line expansion, as it looked in November
The Inwood Station, part of the Green Line expansion, as it looked in November

The Only Dallas Project in Obama's Transportation Budget Is DART's Green Line

I saw early this morning that Michael Lindenberger was teasing potentially big news for Dallas via U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood pending announcement concerning FY2011 budget expenditures. Which I thought odd, given that the budget, already posted online, said Dallas was simply getting $86 million in Section 5309 New Starts and Small Starts Projects money for "Northwest/Southeast LRT MOS." In other words: the Green Line.

Dallas Area Rapid Transit knew this money was coming -- after all, the $1.8-billion Green Line is being funded in part with $700 million in federal money that's being doled out in chunks till around 2012 or '13. (DART spokesman Morgan Lyons isn't sure of the exact cut-off, since the Green Line received an early payment courtesy the stimulus package of 2009.) "It's a binding contract," Lyons told Unfair Park this morning. (Lindenberger posted an update to his update while I was on the phone with Lyons.)

Lindenberger earlier had suggested that maybe LaHood would drop some news concerning downtown streetcars. But, no, Lyons says -- if Dallas is to receive any money from the feds, that'll come next month, when the Obama administration releases its list of Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery (or TIGER) grants.

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